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Who is liable in a bikeshare accident?

Bikesharing has become an affordable and convenient mode of transportation for many people in Hartford, and the major bike-share service providers like Bird and in Hartford, specifically Lime, have expanded rapidly in cities across the country. Lime introduced the bright green bikes to the city last June, and it quickly added more bikes to the city’s streets after a surge in use, according to the Hartford Courant.

While these vehicles are eco-friendly and fun to ride, riders, pedestrians, and other motorists could suffer severe or possibly fatal injury if they are involved in an accident. The injured party may wonder, “who is liable for my injuries if I’m hurt in a bike-share crash?”.

Determining liability for a bike-share accident is often different than regular bike crashes because multiple parties could potentially be responsible. A few potentially liable parties include:

  • The rider, if they are reckless or negligent in handling or operating the bike
  • Motorists, if they fail to share the road with bike-share riders, if they do not look before opening their car door in the path of a rider, or if they are careless, aggressive, or intoxicated behind the wheel
  • Pedestrians, if they fail to observe the rules of the road or cross the street in non-designated locations
  • The bike-share company, if it fails to inspect and maintain its fleet of bicycles properly

As a bike-share rider you should:

  • Read all safety information included on the app and online, and (naturally); you should only ride if you are comfortable riding a bicycle.
  • Before getting on the bike, inspect it to make sure it is in proper working condition.
  • Never ride a bike while intoxicated or while drowsy.
  • Make sure to follow the rules of the road and be on the lookout for pedestrians and motorists at all times.

If you’ve been hurt in a bike share accident as a rider, motorist, or pedestrian, consult with an experienced bike-share attorney to learn about your rights and the legal options that are available to you. For help in Hartford, or anywhere in Connecticut, turn to the attorneys of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers for help. Our consultations are always free, so schedule a confidential meeting with our team by calling (203) 397-1283 today.



Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers has been named to the list of the Top 10 Settlements in Connecticut in 2017 by TopVerdict. The legal website recently presented the law firm with the prestigious distinction.

Attorney Perkins and his firm fought for a 34-year-old Brazilian woman who was paralyzed in a bicycle accident on a city street, resulting in the Town of Fairfield agreeing to a $2.1 million settlement with the family.

The incident occurred in September 2015 near Lake Mohegan in Fairfield. Rubia Rodrigues was travelling down a hill on a bike near the lake entrance, when her front tire got trapped in a road grate. This caused her to fly over her handlebars and land directly on her head in the street. Rodrigues suffered a traumatic brain injury. She can no longer speak or walk and she will be paralyzed for the rest of her life.

Rodrigues spent six months at St. Vincent’s Medical Center following the incident before she was flown back to Brazil by her family, who could no longer afford her treatment here.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts in seeking justice for Ms. Rodrigues and her family,” said Attorney Jonathan Perkins, founder of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. “This recognition only amplifies our commitment to continue fighting for our clients and help amend any personal damages.”

Attorney Perkins worked tirelessly for the victim after determining the bars in the road grate were 6 inches apart, which did not meet the recommendation made by the Connecticut Department of Transportation that all municipalities replace these grates with bars only 4 inches apart.

“Many municipalities have been slow to replace these grates,” said Attorney Perkins. “With this financial settlement the family will now have the funds to provide the care their daughter requires.”

The $2.1 million settlement was reached during jury selection in the state Superior Court. Rodrigues v. Town of Fairfield now stands as one of the most lucrative cases in recent years, due to the diligence of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. The factors cited in the case included Bicycle Accident, Dangerous Condition, Personal Injury, Brain Injury, and Negligent Maintenance.

TopVerdict recognizes U.S. law firms and attorneys who have obtained one of the highest jury verdicts, settlements, court or arbitration awards in the Nation or an individual State, in a particular area of law, and year. Recognized law firms, attorneys, and their top legal victories are listed under the corresponding year and jurisdiction. https://topverdict.com/.

Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers is committed to fighting for clients who have suffered injuries. The experienced firm has handled thousands of cases and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents clients in practice areas including auto accidents, product liability, dog bites, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, premises liability, slip and fall accidents, wrongful death, workers’ compensation injuries, Social Security claims and employment discrimination claims. The firm has offices in Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, Bridgeport and New London. Se habla Español. For more information or to schedule a FREE consultation, visit www.800perkins.com  or call 1-800-PERKINS.

FMCSA Violations and Truck Accidents in Connecticut

Truck drivers and the companies that employ them are required to follow strict regulations put in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These rules ensure that trucking companies maintain suitable safety standards to protect all drivers and passengers on the road.

Any trucking accident can result in serious injuries and death to those involved, and accidents that occur because of FMCSA violations are usually avoidable. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, the physical, financial, and property damage that you face is often serious. Reach out to one of our Connecticut FMCSA regulation attorneys at (203) 397-1283 to learn how we can fight for you.

Commercial Drivers License Required by FMCSA

Commercial truck drivers must obtain special licensure in order to legally be allowed to drive a commercial motor vehicle. In order to obtain this license, drivers must complete an assessment of knowledge and skills. Further testing may be required for applicants who plan to operate a truck with multiple trailers, a tank, hazardous materials, or a passenger vehicle. Any violation of safety standards and regulations could result in a driver’s loss of their commercial license and penalties for the trucking company.

Driver Condition

In addition to obtaining the proper training and licenses, drivers must meet certain physical standards in order to be eligible to drive.

Fatigue – To be in compliance with FMCSA regulations, drivers are prohibited to drive for over 11 consecutive hours. Additionally, drivers must rest for 10 hours between shifts. These rules are meant to protect drivers from becoming tired on the road and endangering themselves and others.

Sobriety –Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a violation of safety standards and could result in the loss of a drivers commercial license.

Driving Behavior

 To ensure the safety of others, commercial vehicle drivers must avoid these behaviors while behind the wheel:

Excessive Speed– Commercial motor vehicles are unable to stop as quickly as smaller vehicles. The mass and momentum of a speeding truck can cause serious damage in an accident.

Distracted Driving – Truck drivers should remain focused on the road at all times to avoid encroaching on other lanes and potentially causing serious collisions.

Aggressive or Reckless Driving – Commercial vehicles pose an inherent risk to other vehicles on the road when driven safely, so when a driver displays aggressive or reckless behavior they are far likelier to cause injury or death to others on the road.

Truck Condition

Proper loading and regular maintenance are both important factors in properly securing a commercial vehicle.

Weight – Each truck has a maximum weight limit that it can safely handle. Attempting to carry cargo that exceeds this limit can put undue pressure on the vehicle, causing an accident.

Maintenance –Damaged or undermaintained commercial vehicles should not be operated. Depending on a driver’s employment arrangement, their company may be responsible for servicing their vehicle.

Hurt in a Truck Accident? Contact a Connecticut FMCSA Violation Lawyer

Being involved in a trucking accident can have a lasting impact on your life. If the accident was the result of a violation of regulations intended to keep you safe, you may have legal recourse. To learn more about how an attorney can help you pursue the compensation that you deserve from a driver or a trucking company, call (203) 397-1283 today.


















New London’s Top Leaders Celebrate Jonathan Perkins Grand Opening of Fifth Location

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Ribbon Cutting and Reception Bring together over 50 Members of the Local Political and Business Communities

(NEW LONDON, CT) – November 5, 2018 – Local leaders welcomed Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to New London at a grand opening celebration on November 1st at the practice’s new location at 164 Hempstead Street. An official ribbon cutting ceremony was held in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut.

The law firm rolled out the red carpet by hosting an elegant professional networking reception to bring more than 50 members of the community together over refreshments and delicious hors d’ouevres served by Matthew’s Catering Company. Attendees toured the office, met the staff, learned about their services and enjoyed the warm evening weather outside on the large front porch.

Paul Formica, CT State Senator for the 20th District, kicked off the event by describing the team at Jonathan Perkins as “great representation to have in a walkable area of town.” City Council Member Alma D. Nartatez explained the firm is “the exact business and economic development that we want in New London to preserve a historic home.” Other members of the City Council who came out in support of the business included Efrain Dominguez, Jr., and Anthony Nolan. CT Representative Joe de la Cruz was also in attendance.

Attorney Perkins voiced his enthusiasm about the office and the opportunities that it provides. “It is conveniently located just steps from the court house and New London is a beautiful city. We look forward to making new connections with other professionals.”

Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers is one of Connecticut’s top accident and injury law firms that has successfully protected the interests of clients across the state for more than 30 years. The practice is eager to lend its respected legal expertise to the residents of New London County. The firm has offices in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, and Waterbury.

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About Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers

For more than 30 years, Attorney Jonathan Perkins has been committed to fighting for clients who have suffered personal injuries. He has handled thousands of cases and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents clients in practice areas including auto accidents, product liability, dog bites, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, premises liability, slip and fall accidents, wrongful death, workers’ compensation injuries and Social Security claims. Se habla Español. For more information or to schedule a FREE consultation, visit 800perkins.com or call 1-800-PERKINS.

PHOTO: From L-R: CT State Representative Joe de la Cruz, New London City Council Members Alma D. Nartatez, Efrain Dominguez, Jr. and Anthony Nolan, joined Attorney Jonathan Perkins and his wife Irit Perkins, CT State Senator Paul Formica, and President of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Tony Sheridan to celebrate the official grand opening of the New London office of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers.

CONTACT: Alisa Picerno, 860-217-0595; Alisa@AlliancesByAlisa.com

Are slip-and-fall injuries more common in the autumn months? 

While the crisp fall air and the changing colors of the scenery are typically indicative of a beautiful time of year in Connecticut, the change in seasons is not without certain risks.

During autumn, slip and fall accidents can become more common because of a wide variety of factors. Many are due to the changes in weather and the environment, and increased traffic plays a part as well. It is critical for property owners and managers to recognize these common hazards and help do their part to keep the premises safe for guests and patrons.

Slip and fall accidents during the autumn months are often caused by:

  • Increased Retail Presence — As Christmas nears, many establishments are going to see a more significant number of patrons. This also increases the likelihood of drinks being spilled or other accidents that lead to wet spot or slick floors in these stores. Such dangers become common causes of many slip and fall accidents.
  • Longer Nights — The further we get into autumn, the sooner the sun will begin to set. When it gets darker outside sooner, it simply becomes more difficult to spot certain dangers. Many slip and fall accidents involve people walking into objects or hazards that they could not see.
  • Unfavorable Weather — While autumn puts a little more bite in the air, it is also a time of year in which there can be some severe storms. Heavy rain can saturate sidewalks and roads, but heavy winds can also lead to tree branches being strewn on city streets. As winter nears, the ground may even freeze on some nights and slip and fall risk can be exceptionally high the following mornings.
  • Slippery Sidewalks and Roads — As mentioned above, a higher amount of rainfall in the autumn usually leads to a lot of wet walkways. Even when it has not recently rained, it is possible that moisture from leaves can remain on sidewalks even after being raked into a yard. Other objects touching the leaves can become similarly saturated.
  • Falling Objects — Again, this is the time of year when leaves and the tree branches themselves may fall. The branches can often land directly on sidewalks. Residents and other entities have an obligation to move these branches so as not to endanger pedestrians or visitors.

Most people who suffer injuries in slip and fall accidents will usually have property owners or their insurance companies immediately accuse them of being at fault for their injuries. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers understands that slip and fall accidents are usually the result of a property owner’s negligence, and we are here to help you take legal action to get the compensation and justice that you deserve.

Our firm can immediately negotiate with an insurer for a fair and full settlement, but we will not be afraid to file a lawsuit when the insurance company refuses to provide adequate compensation. You can have our lawyers review your case and discuss all of your legal options when you call (203) 397-1283 to receive a free consultation.

Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Halloween is one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities annually. Drunk driving is one of the most common causes, as 55 people were killed in drunk driving crashes on Halloween in 2015 and 168 drunk driving fatalities occurred on Halloween between 2012 and 2016.

All motorists should avoid driving after consuming alcoholic beverages on Halloween. Local law enforcement is not oblivious to the increased level of alcohol consumption at local bars and homes on Halloween and will be actively seeking to arrest people for drunk driving offenses.

Some of the other Halloween safety tips for drivers provided by NHTSA include:

  • Refrain from using handheld electronic devices. Most people are now aware of the increased dangers involved in using cell phones while driving. Despite the heightened awareness, some people cannot resist the temptation to respond to notifications as quickly as possible. Use of a smartphone or other electronic device is hazardous on Halloween because children are far more likely to appear in the paths of vehicles suddenly. When a driver is not fully invested in the task of driving, reactions can be delayed, and motorists may be unable to stop in time to avoid collisions.
  • Notify local law enforcement of any drunk driver or impaired pedestrian on the road. You should not hesitate to let police know when you think another motorist is operating under the influence. While authorities often cannot make arrests based on anonymous reports, they can still identify these vehicles and pull them over for independent infractions.
  • Be alert for pedestrians at night. Keep in mind that black is often the most popular color worn on Halloween. By nature, most pedestrians are going to be harder to see. Most pedestrians use sidewalks, but motorist should respect pedestrians who may be forced to walk in the street where there are no sidewalks.
  • Slow down in areas with pedestrians or limited sight distances. Keep your windshield clean. You should generally make sure that you adhere to posted speed limits in all residential neighborhoods. Also be mindful of pedestrians in other more crowded areas of busier urban environments, as many pedestrians are likely to be crossing streets in these areas.

If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident, you should act quickly to retain legal counsel. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers has recovered tens of millions of dollars for people injured in motor vehicle accidents as drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Call (203) 397-1283 or fill out a contact form on our website to have our attorneys provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation.

Lethal Limo: Next Legal Steps for Victims of Auto Accidents

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-Top CT Lawyer Offers Comprehensive Check List after Catastrophic Car Wreck –  

WHO?: Attorney Jonathan Perkins, one of Connecticut’s top accident and injury lawyers specializing in auto accidents.

WHAT?: Provides critical steps to take in the event of a collision caused by another driver or professional limo service in order to protect your rights and recovery. Victims’ actions after an accident can either help or significantly hurt their ability to recover damages. As a member of the New York Bar Association, Atty Perkins can comment on the legal ramifications of the recent and tragic crash that claimed 20 lives.

What to Do if You Are in a Car Accident:

  • Keep calm and move as far off the roadway as possible, but stay at the scene of the accident.
  • Warn oncoming traffic by activating your hazard warning lights and/or setting flares.
  • Never assume that a passing vehicle has called, always contact 911.
  • Exchange insurance information with the operator of the other vehicle(s) involved.
  • Exchange contact information, write down license plate numbers, and document as much as possible about the accident.
  • Take photographs, if possible, of the area where the accident took place as well as any damages to persons and property (including vehicle damage).
  • Collect information from any witnesses present.
  • Give the police a statement about the accident with details but refrain from attempting to argue a case.
  • Never admit responsibility for the accident to anyone present at the scene. This includes police officers, paramedics and any witnesses.
  • Do not speak with an insurance company prior to speaking with an attorney.
  • Wait for medical professionals to arrive on scene to assess any and all injuries.
  • Contact a Connecticut accident attorney to discuss potential legal options.


WHERE?: By phone, in studio or at one Attorney Perkins’ five practice locations in Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, Waterbury or New London. Contact Alisa Picerno at (860) 217-0595 to schedule.

WHY?: While no driver is truly prepared to be involved in a traffic crash, it is absolutely essential for Connecticut residents to understand what to do after an accident. Those involved in a collision are often overwhelmed with the many stresses associated with the accident. Therefore, the better prepared and educated the driver, passenger or pedestrian is, the more likely that the aftermath will flow as smoothly as possible. As a respected and reputable attorney representing plaintiffs in all kinds of personal injury cases for over 30 years, Jonathan Perkins has collected hundreds of millions of dollars for his injured clients.

About Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers

Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers is committed to fighting for clients who have suffered personal injuries. The firm has handled thousands of cases and Jonathan Perkins has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents clients in practice areas including auto accidents, product liability, dog bites, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, premises liability, slip and fall accidents, wrongful death, workers’ compensation injuries and Social Security claims. Se habla Español. For more information or to schedule a FREE consultation, visit www.800perkins.com or call 1-800-PERKINS.

Is toxic lead lurking in your couch?

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(NEW LONDON, CT) – October 19, 2018– Like most children, the little girl played a lot on her living room couch from the time she was one until she was 4 years old. Her parents knew she would sometimes chew on the couch’s fabric. What they didn’t know was that lead was used during the curing and coloring of the material used on the couch imported from China, causing the girl to suffer from lead poisoning. Connecticut Attorney Jonathan Perkins successfully concluded a case for the family and is warning people of other little-known sources of the toxic metal during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in October.

“Many people may think if they don’t have peeling lead paint in their homes they have nothing to worry about, but the reality is lead exposure can come from unexpected sources, ” explained Attorney Perkins, founder of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, a top accident and injury law firm. “Because lead poisoning often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized for years.”

Therefore, when seeking damages for exposure to toxic substances caused by a manufacturer or landlord, Perkins said it’s important to have a full record of the condition as it progressed and an expert opinion on what caused the ailments. In lead poisoning cases, there are other factors to consider. The claim will be pursued differently for instance, if the lead poisoning happened as a result of a landlord not properly warning a tenant of old lead paint or where there were improper warnings on a product.

Children at higher risk for lead exposure are those who are poor, members of racial-ethnic minority groups, recent immigrants, those who live in older, improperly-maintained rental properties, or have parents who are exposed to lead at work.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately half a million U.S. children have blood lead levels high enough to harm their health. No safe blood lead level in children has been identified. Lead exposure damages the brain and nervous system, slows development and causes hearing, speech, learning and behavioral problems. In adults, it can damage the blood-forming, nervous, urinary, and reproductive. A simple blood test is the best way to test for lead poisoning.

In addition to consuming lead paint or breathing dust particles from the paint, parents should be aware of other sources:

  • Toys that are made in other countries or are antique can contain lead in the paint or plastic components.
  • Costume or toy jewelry made with lead and sold by retailers or in vending machines will not hurt your child to wear, but they can be exposed if they put them in their mouths or if they swallow small charms.
  • Water contamination from lead pipes within the home. Water testing is recommended.

With Halloween around the corner, Perkins notes that lead has even been found in some candies imported from Mexico. Certain candy ingredients such as chili powder and tamarind may be a source of lead, and it sometimes gets into the candy when processes such as drying, storing, and grinding the ingredients are done improperly. Also, lead has been found in the ink used on wrappers of some imported candies that may leach into the candy.

Toxic Metal Poisoning Prevention Tips:

While treatment is available for those diagnosed with lead poisoning, some simple precautions can help avoid it:

For Children:

  • Wash dust from hands, feet, toys and bottles after playtime, eating and before bedtime
  • Remove recalled toys and toy jewelry immediately from children. A list of recalled products can be found at cpsc.gov.
  • Fix peeling paint so that infants cannot put paint chips in their mouths.
  • Serve foods that have calcium, iron and vitamin C
  • Keep children out of renovation and building areas

For Adults:

  • Keep lead out of water by letting the tap run for one minute before drinking it
  • Use lead-free dishes
  • Renovate safely, especially in a home constructed before 1978.
  • Wash hands of dust before eating and sleeping
  • Keep dust to a minimum by mopping floors regularly and wiping window sills with a damp cloth

“While parents may follow all of these prevention steps, their homes or possessions may still be unknowingly tainted by lead,” said Perkins. “Although we cannot undo the damage of lead poisoning, we will use every resource available to ensure families receive appropriate compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings or loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering.”

Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers

Jonathan Perkins has been committed to fighting for clients who have suffered personal injuries for 30 years. The firm has handled thousands of cases and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents clients in practice areas including auto accidents, product liability, dog bites, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, premises liability, slip and fall accidents, wrongful death, workers’ compensation injuries and Social Security claims. Se habla Español. For more information or to schedule a FREE consultation, visit www.800perkins.com or call 1-800-PERKINS.

A New Lawyer in Your Corner

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(NEW LONDON, CT) – October 19, 2018– Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, one of Connecticut’s top accident and injury law firms, has successfully protected the interests of clients across the state for more than 30 years. Now the respected practice is expanding to lend its legal expertise with the opening of its fifth location in New London County.

“Our team takes great pride in providing attentive service while aggressively fighting for the maximum compensation amount that our clients may be entitled to,” said company founder, Jonathan Perkins, Esq. “We look forward to helping people in another corner of the state.”

Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers has become the gold standard for personal injury representation by recovering hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for their thousands of clients. The firm has offices in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury.

The public and members of the medical community are invited to join the grand opening celebration on Thursday, November 1 from 5 to 7 pm. Attendees can tour the new office at 164 Hempstead Street, meet the team, and learn about the practice’s many services. The official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5:30 pm in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Eastern Connecticut, as well as local business and political leaders. Hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and dessert will be served.

“Knowing what to do after sustaining a personal injury that was caused by another person or business can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be,” explained Perkins. “Our stellar team has the knowledge and resources to handle injury litigation so that people can concentrate on the most important thing – getting healthy and ‘back to normal’.”

Perkins explains that since most clients have never suffered a personal injury before and don’t know what to expect or how to manage their claim, the firm has created a unique case management system. A dedicated team regularly reminds clients to visit their doctors and keep records of all treatments, prescriptions, therapy sessions, and more. They go above and beyond the average attorney. For example, if clients do not have transportation to the hospital or doctor visit, they will arrange transportation to ensure that clients receive the care they need.

If a person or loved one has been wrongfully injured in an auto or motorcycle accident, through medical malpractice, a slip or fall, dog bite, nursing home abuse, lead poisoning, or a defective product, the compassionate and caring firm provides:

  • Free initial consultation
  • Flexible appointment schedule
  • Home visits for clients without transportation
  • Personal service through the Perkins’ case management system

Best of all, the first case evaluation is totally FREE and the firm operates under a contingency basis, which means that they do not get paid unless the client receives a settlement. They make sure clients are regularly contacted, informed, and reassured throughout the entire litigation process.

“Our injury lawyers are committed to honesty, persistence, responsiveness, and personal attention,” said Perkins. “Our goal is to achieve the financial results that you deserve. When it is time to resolve your case—whether in court or at the negotiation table—having the Power of Perkins on your side means the best outcome possible.”

Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers

For more than 30 years, Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers is committed to fighting for clients who have suffered personal injuries. The firm has handled thousands of cases and Jonathan Perkins has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents clients in practice areas including auto accidents, product liability, dog bites, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, premises liability, slip and fall accidents, wrongful death, workers’ compensation injuries and Social Security claims. Se habla Español. For more information or to schedule a FREE consultation, visit 800perkins.com or call 1-800-PERKINS.

Dooring accidents in Connecticut

Most cyclists who bike to work, school or for recreation are aware that a dooring accident could happen at any time on the busy streets in Connecticut. Drivers of passenger vehicles should watch for cyclists before opening their vehicle doors, but far too many people fail to do so, and serious injury accidents can occur.

In urban areas especially, dooring crashes are one of the most common types of bike crashes. According to data from Chicago (one of the only cities that tracks dooring crashes), dooring was a factor in one in five bike crashes. While forty states have dooring laws that place responsibility for dooring accidents on the person who opened the vehicle door, Connecticut is, unfortunately, one of ten states that do not have dooring laws in place to protect cyclists.

If you’ve been hurt in a dooring accident in Connecticut, you still have rights and legal options. While there is no state law that specifically requires vehicle occupants to watch for passing pedestrians, cars, and cyclists while opening the door, you could still take legal action if you were severely hurt in a dooring accident.

The best thing to do if you’ve been injured as a cyclist is to call an experienced bike accident attorney. Motorists are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and cyclists, so they could still be held liable if they fail to check their surroundings before opening the car door. While the person responsible (or, likely, their insurance company) may argue that you could have avoided the door, this argument is not always applicable. With a knowledgeable and skilled bike accident lawyer on your side, you could hold the person liable for your injuries. You could be owed compensation for medical bills (past and future), lost wages, and other damages.

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Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents cyclists throughout the state of Connecticut who have been harmed by the negligent actions of others. We’re here to make sure that justice is served, and that you don’t have to pay out of pocket for an accident that was not your fault. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation by calling us at (203) 397-1283, by filling out a contact form, or by chatting with us live today.